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Old 03-11-2004, 10:47 PM
Bloodstripe Bloodstripe is offline
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? from a new guy

Hello all

I came across this site and it looks like the place I am looking for.
Me and a buddy of mine decided to earn a little extra cash mowing lawns this summer and were handing out fliers. Well we came across this one guy and it so happened that he is the president of his homeownerís asst.
Well he asks us to make a bid on planting 50 oak trees on the common ground in his subdivision, maintain the grass in the common ground areas and at the front entrance to the subdivision.
Ok first off, I am not actually in business, or should I say I do not have a business license. This job just kind of fell in our laps. Do I need a landscaperís license to plant these trees? Do I have to have a permit to do this?
I am looking at starting my own lawn care bus. But figured I would test the water first. This kind of hit me unprepared.
How do I go about getting a license, if I need one?
If not how do I know how much to bid ect.
I emailed the guy and told him that we are not professional landscapers, that we just do this around our houses and enjoy this kind of work and wanted to see if we could earn a little extra cash. Well he emailed me back and wants some bids. What do I do?
Any advice would be appreciated. By the way I am down in Houston, TX.

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Old 03-12-2004, 12:15 AM
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hole in one lco hole in one lco is offline
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Not to say you do junk work but he is obviously looking for a cheap cut, he will take advantage of you.

If you bid on the job take into account that thous 50 trees will need to be cut and trimmed around so your cut time will go up

as for the trees 100.0 and thats if there in the same area

if i were you id start a little smaller to get the hang of pricing
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Old 03-12-2004, 03:59 PM
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This guy is looking for a cheap price. If I were you I wouldn't do aren't ready for that much work yet. This guy is just going to try to take advantage of you.
The Institute for Incomplete Studies found that 3 out of 4
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Old 03-12-2004, 05:27 PM
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Do you have any friends in the business? Maybe you could have them do it and you could work with them. They can show you the ropes. They could pay you for working, and for finding the job. Just an idea
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Old 03-12-2004, 08:21 PM
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Hi BloodStripe,

Here is a great site for you. A GUIDE TO TEXAS BUSINESS LICENSES AND PERMITS - Texas Economic Development

For additional business resource information, please call our toll-free hotline at 1-800-888-0511 or email
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